New York Times Bestselling Author

On the second day of give aways…

… my author gave to me, four e-copies of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation!

Sadly, no poultry here– no partridges or calling birds or French hens or even a chicken (Sally Fitzhugh wouldn’t allow it), but there are some 19th century French spies running around and one modern American grad student who’s rather in a flap, so hopefully that will do.

Here’s the official description:

Nothing ever goes right for Eloise. The day she wears her new suede boots, it rains. When the subway stops short, she’s the one thrown into some stranger’s lap. And she’s had her share of misfortune in the way of love. So, after deciding that romantic heroes must be a thing of the past, Eloise is ready for a fresh start.

Setting off for England, Eloise is determined to finish her dissertation on two spies, the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. But what she discovers is something historians have missed: the secret history of the Pink Carnation-the most elusive spy of all time. As she works to unmask this obscure spy, Eloise has more and more questions. Like, how did the Pink Carnation save England from Napoleon? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly escape her bad luck and find a living, breathing hero of her own?

For a chance to win an e-copy of the first book in the Pink Carnation series, here’s your question: would you rather be in Paris in 1803 or London in 2003?

The winners will be announced tomorrow.

A note on the nuts and bolts: as I’ve learned the hard way in the past, Amazon won’t let me gift e-books to non-US residents.  But I hate to limit the contest, so, if you’re not a US resident, you’re still eligible to enter.  The wrinkle is, instead of an e-book emailed to you, you’ll get a paper book mailed to you.  Which takes longer, but is somewhat more tangible.  Also not barred by the forces that be.

67 Comments

  1. Mitzi Nicholson on December 18, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Paris in 1803

    • Evelyn Mummey on December 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      London 2003, love this series!

  2. Kathleen on December 18, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Would love the opportunity to start this series!

  3. Carolyn on December 18, 2018 at 10:26 am

    London 2003

  4. Janice Kiley on December 18, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Always London.

  5. HeatherN on December 18, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Paris 1803.

  6. Michelle Springer on December 18, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Do I have to choose?!! 😉
    Ok then… London. Always London.

  7. Carla Suto on December 18, 2018 at 10:31 am

    London, 2003

  8. DeeAnna S. on December 18, 2018 at 10:35 am

    London, 2003

  9. Jean Wright on December 18, 2018 at 10:39 am

    London 2003. I like too many creature comforts to go back except in reading.

  10. Jan Siler on December 18, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Paris in 1803!

  11. Sarah on December 18, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Both? But would love to see London so probably London 2003 a little bit more

    • Deborah Miller on December 18, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Paris, 1803 but only if I can be wealthy.

  12. Grace S. on December 18, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Paris 1803 but only if I’m wealthy 😉

  13. Christie Sitterly on December 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Paris in 1803

  14. Christie Sitterly on December 18, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Paris, 1803

  15. Susan Wald on December 18, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Paris 1803.

  16. Barbara M on December 18, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Paris is my favorite city…so have to go with Paris 1802

  17. Susan Cornwell on December 18, 2018 at 10:59 am

    London 2003

  18. Sylvia Buonanni on December 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

    London 2003, seeing Love Actually on its release date!

  19. Ellen Di Paola on December 18, 2018 at 11:11 am

    London, any year.

  20. Lila Retzer on December 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I picked up turnip’s Christmas book on display at the library, I loved it again. Now I am off to reread the entire series.

  21. Bridget Erin on December 18, 2018 at 11:13 am

    London

  22. Debbie Wolf on December 18, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Paris 1802. I’d relish seeing all the fashions of the time.

  23. Cathy Garrison on December 18, 2018 at 11:21 am

    London

  24. Kathryn Keen on December 18, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Paris in 1803

  25. Betsy Boulware on December 18, 2018 at 11:23 am

    London 2003. Too used to modern conveniences..lol!

  26. Tatum on December 18, 2018 at 11:26 am

    London 2003; I’ve always wanted to go.

  27. Amy C on December 18, 2018 at 11:47 am

    London in 2003

  28. Rebecca on December 18, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I’ve never been to Paris but I dont think I’d want to be there in 1803! So London 2003 it is.

  29. Rebecca W. on December 18, 2018 at 11:53 am

    London in 2003 (London ALWAYS, let’s be honest!).

  30. Laurel on December 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    London is wonderful, but I have to pick Paris in 1803.

  31. Trude Vandine on December 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    It would be interesting to be in Paris in 1803

  32. Vicki Maciag on December 18, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    London!

  33. Jennifer on December 18, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Paris!!

  34. Holly Genovese on December 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    London!

  35. Susan Craig on December 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    London 2003

  36. Amber on December 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    London

  37. Emma on December 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Paris ❤️

  38. Diane Skipper on December 18, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Paris 1803- or anytime actually!

  39. LynnS on December 18, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Too much of an Anglophile to pass up London, so London 2003, it is!

  40. Tammie Cash on December 18, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I never thought my answer would be this: Paris 1803. I love the modern day comforts but who wouldn’t want to experience the past.

  41. Dana Wright on December 18, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Would love to win

  42. AngelB on December 18, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    London 2003. Not a big fan of human refuse in the middle of the street. 😀

  43. Randy Riddle on December 18, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Hard choice, but London 2003!

  44. Barbara Marquart on December 18, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Paris in 1803. Love history.

  45. Lisa McAnally on December 18, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Paris 1803

  46. Susan Peterson on December 18, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Paris 1803!

  47. Debbie Mitchell on December 18, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Paris 1803. I think it would be interesting to go back in time for a period of time. To tour the area, learn the culture, eat the delicious food.

  48. Peggy Russo on December 18, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    London 2003

  49. Mallory Senn-Flinn on December 18, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Paris in 1803. 🙂

  50. Barbara Johnson on December 18, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    London 2003 – I enjoy reading about prior times but am spoiled with conveniences!

  51. Melissa Gluntz on December 18, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Paris in 1803

  52. Lynn Russell on December 18, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I would love to read this series.

  53. Dianne Casey on December 18, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Paris 1803

  54. Freya Shipley on December 18, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I was lucky enough to be in London in 2003, which was great. But time travel has always been my top choice of a superpower, so f I could pick I’d be in Paris in 1803. (Especially if I could suddenly become wealthy and male.)

  55. Kimberly Mussell on December 18, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Paris 1803!!!

  56. Karen Herzog on December 18, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    London, 2003. Been to London several times, would love to go back.

  57. Nancy McCarthy on December 18, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    London 2003 please

  58. Jillian Raber on December 18, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    London 2003. I really appreciate antibiotics and the right to vote.

  59. Liz on December 18, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    London!

  60. Kelley Blair on December 18, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Paris 1803 thanks

  61. Mary branham on December 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    I love modern conveniences. Want to read .

  62. Susan Collins on December 18, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    London 2003

  63. Jennifer johnson on December 18, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Paris 1803

  64. Adrienne Oeschger on December 18, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    So hard to choose, but London 2003 🙂

  65. Eve on December 19, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Lauren,

    Just as a note…I gifted an ebook to a friend in Iceland last month via the US Kindle store since the UK store doesn’t allow gifting. She wasn’t able to redeem it from me, but she was able to convert it to a gift card and bought the book on her own. I didn’t think the book was licensed for her area, but since she was able to buy it, I just thought I’d mention it as a future possibility.

    If I had to do it all again, I’d probably just get her an egift card for the UK store – the book I originally wanted to give her was there.

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